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Canadian petition started, asking feds to block online porn

HALIFAX (NEWS1130) – Two sisters from Halifax are calling for a ban on online pornography in Canadian homes.

They’ve started a petition that’s gathered more than 7,500 signatures in less than a month.

The goal is to protect children from the naughty images and videos, following research suggesting kids as young as 10 can get addicted by clicking a simple pop-up ad out of curiosity. Amanda Hatt says the only way to do that is to stop it from coming into your home in the first place.

“We’re proposing that the Canadian government force all Internet service providers blocked as a default; any adult in the home can have the material unblocked,” she explains.

“Obviously, the hope is that adults, especially those with children and teenagers, will keep the default filter in place to help prevent their family from being addicted to pornography,” adds Hatt.

But lawyers have some concerns, saying any ban could end up blocking legitimate websites, like those of breast cancer charities.